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Premier concedes that new testing plan will affect Western Cape's Covid-19 stats

4 June 2020 6:28 PM
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Premier Alan Winde agrees that the new restrictions placed on Covid-19 testing will make the province's infection data unreliable.

This week, provincial health authorities changed the testing criteria in the Cape metro, to people over 55 and people with comorbidities.

RELATED: No more Covid-19 testing if you’re younger than 55

Premier Winde says the new testing strategy will not affect the reporting on Covid-19 deaths and hospital admissions.

We're measuring what's coming through the system.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier

The numbers that I can put my head on the block [for] are the hospital, ICU numbers, and the death numbers.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier

We're right at the limit of our own [ICU] beds... We'll start to use private-sector beds.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier

As of Thursday, the Western Cape has recorded 26,386 total confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 14,917 recoveries.

A total of 643 people have died due to Covid-19 in the province, according to the Covid-19 dashboard.

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4 June 2020 6:28 PM
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Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
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